Quote van de Dag: Legitimacy comes from God

“Moussavi was supported by people who have lost faith. We believe legitimacy comes from God. They believe it comes from the people, from votes. As long as it was a fraternal fight, it was O.K., but when it’s a fight about religious belief, the situation becomes unacceptable.”

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen laat de conservatieve geestelijke Mahmoudi uitleggen waarom de conservatieven in Iran hebben ingegrepen. Cohen stelt ook de logisch vervolgvraag: als legitimiteit van God komt, waarom dan toch verkiezingen houden?

“To get a level of acceptance. The legitimacy of the election comes from the supreme leader’s approval, but the level of acceptance comes from votes.”

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